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My new Gretsch Black Falcon Player's Edition

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by RocknRollShakeUp, Aug 10, 2017.

  1. RocknRollShakeUp

    RocknRollShakeUp Gretschie

    Jun 20, 2017

    My first Gretsch. This guitar is a force of nature. I can't stop looking at it and playing it. It makes me play in a way my Fenders and Gibson's don't. Finally had a chance to snap a picture and post it.

    I am surprised that the stock bar bridge pretty much intonates right on, at least using my polytune mini, which is good enough for me.

    I am also surprised how soft the Bigsby makes this guitar play. It makes 11 gauge strings play really easy! I use 10 gauge on Strats and Les Pauls, and 10s top/11s bottom (my take on a light top, heavy bottom set) on my Jazzmaster. A full on set of 11's on my Fender's would be awful, but great on the Black Falon!

    The stock HS Filtertrons are pretty cool. They give some good greasy twang, with a lot of Mojo. I did have to adjust them to the TV Jones recommended heights. BTW they had this foam under them from the factory! I took em out with my mouse pad at the ready, then I noticed there was already this foam stuff glued in there. All I had to have done is adjust them up!
    Then I had to screw the pole pieces in a bit, and I may still need to screw them in a bit more, like the TV Classics that I have (in a Strat no less) that have the pole pieces down into the pickup, in comparison. Anyway adjusting the pickups to the right overall height, and then compensating by screwing in the pole pieces a bit, made a HUUUGE difference. It is like a blanket was lifted from the tone.
    In the end I may prefer more defined and snappy higher end twang from this guitar, and at some point I may change them out to TV Jones Classics, or possibly the T Armonds in the filter casing, but I'm not sure yet.

    Overall, stunning guitar. I'm happy like a liiitttlee Girrrl!
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2017
  2. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Country Gent

    Feb 6, 2015
    In the USA
  3. G5422T

    G5422T Gretschie

    May 24, 2012
    Congrats, that's a beautiful instrument.
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  4. audept

    audept I Bleed Orange

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
  5. Sonny Strimple

    Sonny Strimple Country Gent

    May 8, 2011
    Western Maryland
    Beautiful Gretsch! Love that black and gold together!
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  6. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Country Gent

    That's some serious beautiful right there. Congrats, and glad to read that you got it dialed in.
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  7. Mag3

    Mag3 Synchromatic

    Nov 22, 2016
    What a beautiful Falcon!. Congrats.
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  8. Ricochet

    Ricochet Gretschified

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
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  9. jetbunny

    jetbunny Electromatic

    Mar 29, 2017
    Congrats, welcome to The Falcon Owners Club!
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  10. DaddyDog

    DaddyDog Country Gent

    Sep 18, 2011
    Mississauga, Canada
    What model year is it? Because that's a first. Plus your Falcon has the winged logo on the headstock. The first two digits of the serial # will tell you the model year.

    And... congrats!
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  11. thunder58

    thunder58 Gretschified

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    beautiful . Enjoy and play every note in good health
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  12. ronbo

    ronbo Gretschie

    Feb 28, 2012
    Broomfield, Colorado
    First Gretsch? Way to go! So much smarter than starting with an Electromatic and then modding it, then squeezing into a proline, then a top-line...

    Black and gold on a Falcon has to be the sexiest color combo ever!!!
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  13. Ebidis

    Ebidis Gretschie

    Jul 30, 2017
    What's wrong with an Electromatic? They are really nice guitars.
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  14. Sonny Strimple

    Sonny Strimple Country Gent

    May 8, 2011
    Western Maryland
    I love my G5420tg in black and gold!
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  15. Uncle Daddy

    Uncle Daddy Country Gent

    Jan 19, 2012
    Maldon UK
    Lovely. I wish I could get on with black guitars. I only have to look at one for it to get covered in fingerprints.
  16. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    Killer-guitar. Congrats!
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  17. Sonny Strimple

    Sonny Strimple Country Gent

    May 8, 2011
    Western Maryland
    You've got to stop eating those Cookies when you play!
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  18. Robbie

    Robbie Country Gent

    Jun 17, 2013
    Sarnia Ontario Canada
    Beautiful guitar, congratulations
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  19. zebulon

    zebulon Gretschie

    Aug 8, 2017